Yesterday, October 10 2017, was World Mental Health Day. One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.
Across Bolton a number of significant events took place to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health. One such event was hosted by Bolton Youth Council. This group of young people have worked hard over the last year to research, develop and promote their awareness campaign #bekindtomymind and last night they showcased their work. They have designed their logo and other supporting materials including a Facebook page, drama performances, T-shirts, wristband and a promotional film.
The showcase demonstrated not only young people’s passion about this issue but also their commitment to challenging stigma; making it ok for children to talk without fear of being labelled ‘weird’, ‘attention-seeking’ or ‘a freak’ .
Moving forward they want to roll this campaign out across Bolton and asked all those who attended last night to make their pledge. I am proud to say, on behalf of Bolton Safeguarding Children Board that we fully support and endorse this campaign; we would urge you to show your support by liking and following on Facebook.